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Transcript of Lawyer

Main Duties
Daily Work
appearing in court to represent clients
meetings with clients
legal research
reading, writing
represent clients in court, mediations, business transactions, and other important legal proceedings or arrangements where the law will be discussed
meet with clients to explain all aspects of their case and discuss strategy
protect client's confidentiality
obey the law and maintain morals as well as professional ethics
Working Conditions
Work in variety of settings
law libraries
employed by government agencies
employed by law firms
time is spent reading, researching, writing, or meeting with clients
Description of Job
various types of lawyers
criminal lawyers
corporate lawyers
civil litigators
main tasks
representing clients in negotiations and in front of courts or tribunals
research rules, regulations, previous cases
time spent preparing contracts and wills
employed by government agencies
employed by law firms
Helpful Personality Traits
Special Skills Needed
strong analytical skills
good people skills
ability to work well under pressure
ability to work with all kinds of people
good public speaker
enjoys arguments and complex ideas
Usual Hours
8-11 hours a day
15-16 hours during trials or big negotiations
if employed by government, more regular hours
weekend work and overtime is common
some lawyers travel frequently

Hazards or Risks of Job
'articling' students can earn $30,000 to more than $75,000 per year
depends on employer
depends on where they work and what type of law
most make between $50,000 and $200,000 per year
sole practitioner and small non-profit workers: about $35,000 per year
senior tax lawyer at established firm or personal injury lawyer who won a big case: about $500,000 per year
first year lawyers or those employed by government get paid salaries
most lawyers get paid by number of hours they work
Employment Prospects
Projected New Jobs from 2010-2015 is 350
Projected openings due to retirement from 2010-2015 is 1,620

Estimated Employment 2015 Average Annual % Change (2010-2015)
Vancouver Island 1,030 0.2%
Lower Mainland/Southwest 9,850 2.8%
Thompson-Okanagan 670 -0.5%
Kootenay 150 7.8%
Cariboo 130 -1.9%
North Coast & Nechako 100 -2.9%
Northeast 90 -1.8%

Employment of lawyers is expected to grow 11 percent during the 2006-16 decade and 10 percent from 2010-2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations
Growth in population and in the level of business activity is going to create more legal transactions, civil disputes, and criminal cases
Job growth will result from increasing demand for legal services in such areas as health care, intellectual property, venture capital, energy, elder, antitrust, and environmental law
Competition for jobs will still be strong because more students are graduating from law school each year than there are jobs available
Education and Training Requirements
Simon Fraser University
Bachelor of Arts: focus in criminology and psychology (4 years)
University of British Columbia
Work/Volunteer Experience
Law Enforcement Preparatory Program (Canadian Justice Criminal System)
LEPP equips students with the required knowledge and skills to pass various entrance requirements for law enforcement or as a base means of entry into other related
law enforcement fields.
Work Experience Placement at a Law Firm
4 credit X block
opportunity to gain experience and employability skills in a field that you're interested in
required to work at least 90 hours
Why do you want to do this job?

I want to be a lawyer because I want to help people and I want to make a difference. I enjoy arguing and trying to persuade people. I have always been interested in law. I also want to be in a good position financially and this occupation provides that.
Nature of Work
intelligence to write aptitude test (LSAT)
hard working
depends on type of law; generally, criminal lawyers have more risks
threats from disgruntled clients
high stress levels
High School Diploma (5 years)
Minimum 2 years of undergraduate (Most lawyers get their Bachelor of Arts, which is 4 years)
LSAT to get into law school (3 chances in 2 years)
Juris Doctor Law Degree (3 years)
'Articling' at law firm (9 months to 1 year)
Provincial Bar Exam
Bachelor of Arts: focus in psychology (4 years)
Juris Doctor Law Degree (3 years)
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